No longer a bastion of the cheap, fast and greasy, food trucks are on the rise. Cities like New York and Los Angeles have what seems like an armada of mobile chefs, each with dedicated fans who track specials and daily locations via social media. The Philly street-food scene has always been strong near schools and colleges, and it’s steadily expanding. Honest Tom’s offers tasty tacos in Center City several times a week. The “Cupcake Lady” doles out Buttercream Philly treats all over town, Renaissance Sausage is a staple at the Sunday Headhouse Farmer’s Market and Dapper Dog offers late night franks in Northern Liberties. University City folks can snag Korean tacos from Tyson Bees or French macarons from Sugar Philly.
Today, another player enters the mobile feeding fray: burger and hot-dog stand Far From Home launched at Love Park at this morning at 11 AM. Partners Larry Comroe and Wade Smith successfully cooked up traveling treats in St. Thomas, where they lived for 25 years, and decided to bring the business back home with them. An assortment of fresh-made burgers range from $5.75–$8. Hot dogs are butterflied and griddled before being topped with creamy mac ’n’ cheese ($4.50) or buried under sliced meat, cheese sauce, onions, roasted tomatoes in the “Brazilly-Philly Cheesesteak Dog” ($7.50). For those who want a quick snack but aren’t worried about mussing up their white blouse, there’s the “Frito Chili Pie,” in which chili, cheese, sour cream and onions are laid inside a bag of Fritos ($2.75). Say the special word of the day (discover it on Facebook or Twitter) to get a drink with your meal for just 25 cents, and finish it all off with a colorful housemade cupcake ($1.75).
Come spring, Guapos Tacos, the roving Mexican eatery from Jose Garces will join the mix. The bottle-cap-bedazzled truck (tricked out by Jun Aizaki of Crème) will offer inexpensive tamales, quesadillas and specialty tacos of all kinds, including chicken, mahi mahi, carnitas, duck and more ($3–$7), as it traipses around the city, with daily locations posted on Twitter. Event planners can also engage the truck for weddings, business gatherings or other happenings for a fun twist on catering (215-625-2506).